2012-2013 AHS Handbook - Anamosa Community School District

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2012-2013 AHS Handbook - Anamosa Community School District

ANAMOSA

HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT

HANDBOOK

20122013

ANAMOSA

HIGH SCHOOL

209 SADIE STREET

ANAMOSA, IOWA

(319) 462-3594

Fax: (319) 462-2332

www.anamosa.k12.ia.us

www.twitter.com/AHSBlueRaiders

www.facebook.com/AnamosaHighSchool


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome…………………...….……3

Mission Statement………....................3

Raider Fight Song...................................4

Administration/Faculty…....………....4

Non Discrimination Policy…...............5

Release of Information………....……5

School Day…………………................6

Transportation………………....…….6

Adverse Weather and

Delays……………..….......……….6

Announcements……….....…………..7

Disaster Procedures……………....…7

Visitors and Parents................................7

Valuables………….....…………....…..7

Lockers……….....……………....……7

Lunch…………………....……....……8

Food and Beverages................................8

Nurse and Medication............................8

Advisory.....................................................9

Student Success........................................9

Alternative School...................................9

Breakfast Club/Learning Lab.................9

Field Trips..…………………................9

Student Publications…………...…...10

Clubs/Cocurricular and

Extracurricular Activities...................11

Posters.....................................................12

Student Attendance……...…………12

Leaving School........................................13

Makeup Work…………..…………...13

Truancy/Unexcused Absence..............13

Tardies…………....…..…………..…14

Grades.....................….....……...…..…15

Grade Point Scale..................................15

Academic Letter……..…….......……15

Adding and Dropping

Classes…………………...….......15

Graduation Requirements.....………15

Finals.........................................................16

Early Graduation…………….......….16

Graduation………………….....……16

College Classes......................................16

Student Behavior....................................17

Conduct Expectations..........................17

Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy.........18

Computer Rules.....................................21

Electronic Devices

and Cell Phones…...........…......….21

Detentions………………….....….…22

Dismissal from Class.............................22

Displays of Affection..............................23

Disrespect to Staff member.................23

Disruptive or Inappropriate Behavior/

Insubordination......................................23

Dress Code/ Student

Appearance……..............…….…......24

Fighting/Physical Violence…….…......24

Cheating and Plagiarism.......................24

Profanity/Inappropriate Language......25

Student Parking/Cars at School.........25

Dugs and Alcohol..................................26

Tobacco...................................................26

Weapons…………….....…....….…..27

Vandalism................................................27

In-School Suspension Rules…….….27

Consequence Matrix...........................28

Social Functions……………..….….30

Allegations of Abuse…………….....30

Sexual Abuse/Harassment……...….30

Resources for Sexual

Harassment………………….....30

Academic Eligibility……………...…31

Good Conduct Policy………..….…32

Confidentiality………………….......32

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WELCOME TO ANAMOSA HIGH SCHOOL

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians, and Members of the Community:

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I am pleased to welcome you to the Anamosa family. The start of a

new school year gives you the opportunity to set goals, plan a course of action for achieving those goals,

and to reflect on the successes you have had so far in your school career. Take the time to consider

what you want to make of this year. You will be expected to attend classes regularly, to complete

assignments, to meet our school’s expectations, and to model positive behavior. We expect you to meet

the goals which have been set, to carry on strong traditions, and to make Anamosa a better place. Be an

active participant in your education and in your school; we will provide the necessary supports.

The information in this handbook is a framework to familiarize you with key school policies and

procedures. We encourage you to read through the handbook and to refer to it throughout the year as

needed.

Our success as an organization is heavily dependent upon the contributions of each member of our

school community. We trust that you will take advantage of the many academic and co-curricular

opportunities that we provide and that each of you will make a commitment to the ongoing excellence

of our school and its programs.

Never hesitate to ask any question and never hesitate to offer any suggestion about how to improve

your school or the education you are receiving. As much as anyone else, you make Anamosa the school

it is. I wish you the very best in the coming year.

Remember, Anamosa begins with you…Go Blue!

Chris Basinger, Principal

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.

Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” --Margaret Mead

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Anamosa Community School District is to provide opportunities for all students to

develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to contribute to a rapidly changing global society.

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RAIDER FIGHT SONG

Oh when the big blue Raiders fall in line

We’re gonna score a touchdown every time

We’re gonna yel, yell, yell for our old high

And for our alma mater sing our praises high

And we will go, go, go for another score

And we will cheer them, cheer them all the more

For we’re the Raiders of the blue ‘n white, blue ‘n white

Fight, fight, fight!

Yeah blue, Yeah white

Yeah team, Let’s fight

Yeah blue, Yeah white

Yeah team, Let’s fight

ADMINISTRATION

Chris Basinger, Principal

Derek Roberts, Assistant Principal & Activities Director

FACULTY

Carl Achenbach

Steve Angerer

Sandy Antons

Kevin Barnes

Beth Basinger

Jordan Cusick

Geovanna Dean

Kris Farrar

Cheri Francik

Julie Frankfurt

Jamie Hamblin

Steve Hameister

Dan Husmann

Dan Kiley

Nancy Kula

Diane LaBarge

Angie Lawrence

Megan Manternach

Mike Meyer

Dean Miller

Sarah Nemmers

Mary Nosbisch

Gary Otting

Kim Persons

John Rahn

Kalle Richmann

Social Studies

Teacher Librarian

Special Education

English

Business

Spanish

English

Math

Social Studies

Reading Specialist

Agriculture

Business

Industrial Technology

Art

English

Spanish

Science

Instrumental Music

Physical Education

Social Studies

Physical Education & Health

English

Math

Student Success

Special Education

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Emily Szawiel Family Consumer Science

Mary Sue Vernon

Science

Darci Wagner

Math

Len Weaver

Science

Wes Wilson

Math

Emily Wrobel

Vocal Music

Tracy Zirkelbach

Special Education

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

The Board of Directors will not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of race, color,

creed, gender identity, socioeconomic status, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation,

age, or marital status.

The Board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other organizations doing business

with or performing services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws,

executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.

The Board is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from

educational activities on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender identity, socioeconomic status,

religion, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Further, the Board affirms the

right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation,

discrimination, physical harm, and harassment.

Harassment or discriminatory behavior that denies civil rights or access to equal educational

opportunities includes comments, name-calling, physical conduct or other expressive behavior directed

at an individual or group that intentionally demeans the race, color, creed, age, gender identity,

socioeconomic status, marital status, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability of the

individual or individuals or creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for education.

RELEASE OF INFORMATION

The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of Anamosa

High School as necessity or desirability arises. Any student, parent, or guardian not wanting the

information released to the public must make their objection in writing to the principal of Anamosa High

School.

Name

Address

Telephone Listing

Date and Place of Birth

E-mail Address

Grade Level

Enrollment Status

Major Field of Study

Participation in Officially Recognized Activities and Sports

Weight and Height of Members of Athletic Teams

Dates of Attendance

Degrees and Awards Received

The Most Recent Previous School or Institution Attended by the Student

Photograph and Other Likeness and Other Similar Information

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THE SCHOOL DAY

Class Schedules

Regular Schedule

1 st : 8:05-8:52

2 nd : 8:56-9:43

3 rd : 9:47-10:34

4 th : 10:38-11:25

5 th : 11:29-12:43

A: 11:25-11:51

B: 11:51-12:17

C: 12:17-12:43

6 th : 12:47-1:34

7 th : 1:38-2:25

8 th : 2:29-3:16

Collaboration

1 st : 8:30-9:14

2 nd : 9:18-10:01

3 rd : 10:05-10:49

4 th : 10:53-11:37

5 th : 11:41-12:50

A: 11:37-12:01

B: 12:01-12:25

C: 12:25-12:50

6 th : 12:54-1:38

7 th : 1:42-2:26

8 th : 2:30-3:16

Early Dismissal:

1 st : 8:05-8:28

2 nd : 8:32-8:55

3 rd : 8:59-9:22

4 th : 9:26-9:49

5 th : 9:53-10:16

6 th : 10:20-10:43

7 th : 10:47-11:10

8 th : 11:14-11:37

Lunch will be available

at the end of the day.

Advisory

1 st : 8:05-8:47

2 nd : 8:51-9:33

Advisory: 9:37-10:07

3 rd : 10:11-10:53

4 th : 10:57-11:39

5 th : 11:43-12:58

A: 11:43-12:08

B: 12:08-12:33

C: 12:33-12:58

6 th : 1:02-1:44

7 th : 1:48-2:30

8 th : 2:34-3:16

Late Start

1 st : 10:05-10:37

2 nd : 10:41-11:13

5 th : 11:17-12:17

A: 11:17-11:37

B: 11:37-11:57

C: 11:57-12:17

6 th : 12:21-12:53

7 th : 12:57-1:29

8 th : 1:33-2:04

3 rd : 2:08-2:40

4 th : 2:44-3:16

Assembly

1 st : 8:05-8:49

2 nd : 8:53-9:37

3 rd : 9:41-10:25

4 th : 10:29-11:13

5 th : 11:17-12:29

A: 11:17-11:41

B: 11:41-12:05

C: 12:05-12:29

6 th : 12:33-1:17

7 th : 1:21-2:05

8 th : 2:09-2:53

Assembly begins at 2:57.

TRANSPORTATION

Any questions regarding bus service should be directed to Anamosa Transportation Director, Matt

English at 462-2392.

Kirkwood students must ride school transportation to and from Kirkwood unless prior arrangements

have been made with administration.

ADVERSE WEATHER & DELAYS

Adverse weather decisions will be announced through the Iowa Alerts, district website, social networks,

and on the following stations: KCRG TV - Channel 9

KGAN TV - Channel 2

KWWL TV - Channel 7

DISASTER PROCEDURES

Fire, bus, tornado and other crisis response drills will be conducted in order to practice the proper safe

procedures during emergency situations. Procedures for fire and tornado evacuation will be posted in

each room.

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Fire Alarms

The fire alarm is a continuous bell. When the alarm sounds, students will immediately stand and form a

single line leaving through the designated exit. Walk quickly and quietly out of the building with no

passing along the way. Do not stop for coats, books, or any other materials. The first students to the

door will hold it open until all students have left the building.

Tornado Alarms

A tornado signal will be an intermittent tone via the intercom system. Students are to move quickly to

their designated area of shelter. They will then sit on the floor and cover their heads.

Students who pull the fire alarm or who falsely report an alarm, in addition to being disciplined under

school district policy, may be reported to law enforcement officials.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The primary means of communication with students about school related activities is through daily

announcements. Announcements will be read at the beginning of third period by the classroom teacher.

They may also be viewed through PowerSchool and on televisions throughout the high school building.

All announcements will be submitted by teachers, coaches, or activity sponsors. If you wish to have

something included in the announcements, it must be approved by your activity sponsor.

Students will not be called from class to receive messages unless is it an emergency. When students have

messages of a non-emergency nature, the student’s name will be posted on a white board outside the

office and the student may get that message during a passing period, lunch, or before or after school.

However, no passes to class will be issued for students picking up messages.

VISITORS/PARENTS

Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time and should feel free to do so. They should report to

the office to inform us they are in the building. If a parent-teacher conference is desired, an

appointment should be made. All visitors will need to check in the office and be given a visitors pass.

Student visitors only permitted with prior approval from the principal.

VALUABLES IN SCHOOL

Anamosa High School does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen personal items or valuables.

Students should:

1. Never leave valuables in cars unless the vehicle is locked.

2. Under no circumstances should money or other valuables be left in an unlocked locker, including

P.E. lockers and locker rooms.

3. It is our recommendation that valuables and extra money be left at home.

Students are reminded to respect other people’s property and belongings.

LOCKERS

Lockers are provided for each student. The lockers are owned by the school. No suggestive material

will be allowed on or in lockers.

School-owned padlocks may be placed on the lockers on the opening day of school. There will be a

$5.00 fee assessed for any padlock not returned to school. Padlocks other than school-owned will be

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emoved from lockers. Students assigned to a locker are responsible for it and may be charged for

damage to lockers. Pop and food should not be kept in lockers with the exception of sack lunches.

Locker inspections are conducted periodically throughout the school year. These inspections are

generally for the purpose of ensuring that lockers are clean and well kept. Students will be present when

their locker is being searched. Any unauthorized items found during maintenance inspections will be

turned over to the principal. Items which are illegal to possess may be turned over to the proper

authorities and suitable discipline procedures will be followed.

In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of the school environment, an administrator, having

reason to believe that a locker contains items of contraband, may conduct an unannounced search of

the lockers for location and discovery of such items. Items of contraband include, but are not limited to,

weapons, controlled substances, and any other item that would be disruptive to the educational process.

Students who place such items in their lockers are subject to school discipline including the possibility of

suspension from school for the remainder of the school year.

LUNCH

Students are to proceed to lunch in an organized manner. Cutting in the lunch line is not only rude to

other students, but will also result in consequences for disruption/insubordination.

Students who have a negative balance in their lunch account will be told on the day they go negative and

will be expected to bring money the following day. Students who remain negative will be provided a

sandwich for lunch.

School lunches are served daily. Inquiries regarding the lunch or breakfast service should be directed to

the Food Service Director at 462-3549.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

The following guidelines are intended to help keep our building clean and to promote consistency from

classroom to classroom:

1. Food/beverages are permitted in classrooms only when tied directly to the curriculum.

2. Food/beverages are never to be consumed in the hallways.

3. The only food/beverage permitted in lockers is a sack lunch.

4. Food/beverages are permitted in Student Success as a reward for academic achievement, at the

teacher’s discretion.

5. Unflavored, unsweetened water in clear containers may be consumed in classrooms, at the discretion

of individual teachers.

Students with food or beverages in places where they should not be will turn over the food or

beverages to a teacher without argument.

Students with food or beverages in lockers that are not sack lunches may lose locker privileges.

NURSE & MEDICATION

The school provides a nurse on a daily basis. Nursing services cover illness, injury related care, and

dispensing of daily medications. Ill students are to go to the nurse’s office with an agenda pass signed by

a teacher. If the nurse is not present, student should report to the office. Students are never to leave

school due to illness unless first excused by the nurse or the principal’s office.

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No medication can be given by the school nurse unless the student brings the medication from home

and the parents have given written permission that the student may take the medication. This includes

prescription and non-prescription drugs. Tylenol may be secured upon request if parent approval has

been granted.

No student is to have prescription medication at school or at any school event at any time. Such

medications are to be given to the nurse or the coach or sponsor of an activity. It is unlawful to

dispense a prescription medication to another person, and students may be suspended or expelled for

dispensing prescription medications to another student.

ADVISORY

The goal of an advisory program is for all students to have an adult advisor throughout school. Advisors

should be a teacher students can trust to go to with any social or academic problems. During Advisory

students will create and work on portfolios for graduation, character education, class-specific activities,

standardized tests, and other business. All students are required to attend Advisory.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Student Success is a program for students at-risk of failing high school courses. The instructor will

provide direct assistance on classwork, organization, and study skill development.

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL (JRAC)

Students who fall seriously behind in credits and are at risk of not graduating may be admitted to the

alternative school program through Jones Regional Alternative Center in Monticello. A team consisting

of an administrator, counselor, the JRAC coordinator, the school liaison, and the student’s parents will

determine admittance into the program. A number of criteria may be used to prioritize attendance due

to a limited number of student seats.

Alternative school students will be expected to follow the JRAC handbook and any attendance and

academic contracts set for individual students.

BREAKFAST CLUB & LEARNING LAB

Students needing additional assistance on homework and classwork are encouraged to attend Breakfast

Club or Learning Lab. Breakfast Club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 am in Mr. Wilson’s room.

Learning Lab meets on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in the library.

FIELD TRIPS

All field trips will be cleared and scheduled with the principal in advance. Students will conduct

themselves on these trips in the same manner as they would in the classroom. Students are required to

have written permission from their parents before going on field trips, which involve transportation.

Field trips are an extension of the classroom and attendance is required, unless prior arrangements are

made with the teacher.

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STUDENT PUBLICATIONS/EXPRESSION

A. Official school publications defined

An “official school publication” is material produced by students in the journalism, newspaper,

yearbook, or other classes and distributed to students either free or for a fee in print or online.

B. Expression in an official school publication.

1. No student will express, publish or distribute in an official school publication material which

is:

a. obscene

b. libelous;

c. slanderous; or

d. encourages students to:

1. commit unlawful acts;

2. violate school rules;

3. cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of

the school or school activity;

4. disrupt or interfere with the education program;

5. interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or

6. infringe on the rights of others.

C. Responsibilities of students

1. Students writing or editing official school publications will assign and edit the news, editorial

and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitations of the

student publications code and the law.

2. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity and

thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications.

3. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation, and

spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.

D. Responsibilities of faculty advisors

Faculty advisors will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and

journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful

speech.

E. Liability

Student expression in an official school publication will not be deemed to be an expression of the school

district. The school district, the Board, and the employees of officials are not liable in any civil or criminal

action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have

interfered with or altered the content of the student expression. The liability, if any, is only to the extent

of interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

F. Appeal procedure

1. Students who believe they have been unreasonable restricted in their exercise of expression

in an official student publication will seek review of the decision beginning with the

publication’s faculty advisor or the classroom teacher.

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2. Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-produced official student

publication will file their complaint with the building principal.

G. Time, place and manner of restrictions on official school publications.

1. Official student publications may be distributed in a reasonable manner on or off school

premises.

2. Distribution in a reasonable manner will not encourage students to:

a. commit unlawful acts;

b. violate school rules;

c. cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the

school or school activity;

d. disrupt or interfere with the education program;

e. interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or

f. infringe on the rights of others.

CLUBS/CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Learning does not only take place in the classroom. It is the belief of the Anamosa School District that

providing options for students to explore interests outside of the school day is part of a quality

education. Opportunities available to students are:

Art Club Jazz Band Softball

Archery Marching Band Spanish Club

Basketball Math Club Speech

Cheerleading Mock Trial Spring Play

Club 143 Musical STARS

Cross Country Raider Rhythm Student Council

FFA ROX Track

Football Salt and Light Volleyball

Fit 4 Life Show Choir Wrestling

Golf Silver Cord Yearbook

Interact

Soccer

If a student is interested in a club or activity not listed, he or she is encouraged to speak with the high

school principal about how to start a new club or activity.

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POSTERS IN SCHOOL

Any posters must be approved by the administration before they can be hung in AHS hallways or

common areas. All posters must be neatly hung in designated locations. No posters or signs will be

displayed on the trophy cases. All posters should be removed in a timely manner.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Good attendance is very important for student success at school. There may be situations which would

require a student to be absent. In such cases the key to good home/school relationships is

communication. We ask that in all cases of absence you notify the school at the earliest opportunity. In

return, we pledge to be as cooperative as possible with regard to your individual needs.

All students are reminded that you come to school on time regardless if you have study hall 1st period.

Only students who participate in work experience or internship are allowed to come to school late or

leave early according to work or interning hours. These students are required to sign out when leaving

for work experience or internship.

You are expected to be in attendance and to make attendance a top priority. Only through attendance

and class participation do you achieve the benefits of the education program. Participating in class

discussion, developing an appreciation for the views and abilities of other students, and forming the habits

of regular attendance are extremely important. Learning loss due to an absence can never be replaced.

Regular attendance and being well prepared for class makes school success more likely for you. These

habits also prepare you for productive citizenship as adults.

Students who have been absent should have parents either provide a note or call the attendance line

(462-3594 ext 219) stating when, who, and for what reason a student is absent. Students are encouraged

to bring a note or call the attendance line in advance if the absence is a planned absence. If no note or

call accompanies an absence, the student will be marked unexcused and will face unexcused

consequences. Students will have one day in addition to the number of days missed to make up work

accrued during excused absences. Administration will determine if an absence is excused or unexcused.

Students are responsible for contacting their teachers to make sure class work is made up in the

specified period of time. If the work is not made up in the specified period of time, credit for the work

will not be allowed. A student is required to be at school no later than 11:30 am in order to participate

in any school activity during the day or night. Exceptions are doctor or dentist appointments scheduled

without knowledge of participation in the event and approved in advance through the administration.

Students who leave school early due to illness may not participate in events that evening.

Any student who is excused from school for a school activity must make arrangements for making up

the missed work with each teacher prior to the activity.

Excused Absences

The following are considered excused absences:

1. Doctor or dentist appointment.

2. Legal appointment

3. College visits (although we encourage you to schedule these during school breaks and

verification of the visit is required)

3. Personal illness (after 3 consecutive days of absence, a doctor’s note is required)

4. Emergencies/Family Business

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5. School-related activities

6. Religious/national holidays

7. Immediate family wedding/funeral

8. Other situations will be handled on an individual basis. (At least one day’s notice needs to be

given to the office in order for these absences to be declared “excused.”)

Parents or guardians, through a phone call or note to the high school office, must excuse absences that

are to be excused for one of the above listed reasons within 24 hours of the absence. (Friday absences

must be cleared by the completion of the next scheduled school day.) Absences not cleared within 24

hours will be considered unexcused , and students will not be allowed to make up assignments or tests

during a period for which the student was absent unexcused. Even if a parent calls after the 24 hours,

teachers will have received notification not to excuse the absence and to reduce credit for the work, and

the absence will remain unexcused.

To excuse an absence, parents should call the attendance line at the high school any time of day or night

and leave a message. It is the student’s responsibility to help parents make this phone call. If for a valid

reason a parent is not available to excuse a student who is ill, the student should communicate the

problem immediately to the principal by calling the high school. The high school office will then make

every effort to verify the absence with a parent or guardian.

Students must sign in and check out in the office in order for an absence to be considered excused.

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

Any student leaving school grounds after the start of the school day must be cleared through the office

prior to leaving the building. Students will not be allowed to leave without parental consent. If a student

leaves without parent consent, the absence will be counted as unexcused, even if a parent gives consent

later, and all work and tests collected that period will receive no credit. Students must sign out in the

office prior to departure and sign in upon returning to school. No student is ever to be sent on an

errand off school grounds without prior parental permission through the administration office.

MAKE UP WORK

When students are absent it is their responsibility to get assignment(s) from classmates or the

teacher. Parents and students must recognize that, following an absence, the primary

responsibility for obtaining and completing assignments belongs to the student. Students should contact

the teachers for assignments. Students will be allowed one day in addition to the number of days missed

to turn in missed assignments or to take tests unless the student had prior knowledge of the work

before being absent. All missed work resulting from suspension must be submitted upon return.

TRUANCY/UNEXCUSED ABSENCE

An Unexcused Absence is being absent from school without the permission of parents and school

officials, or having an excuse not acceptable to school officials. These absences include, but are not

limited to skipping classes, shopping, missing the bus, car problems, housework, hunting, attending

concerts, working on a job, oversleeping, or personal reasons or business. Absences for which there has

been no timely parent’s, guardians, or actual custodian’s contact may also be considered truancies. Most

truancies are a result of students not coming to school and/or leaving school without permission of their

parents and school officials.

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A Truant child is one of complusory attendance age (6-16) who fails to attend school anywhere,

accumulates eight days of unexcused instruction per term, or accumulates fifteen days of unexcused

instruction per academic year.

When neither the school nor a parent has knowledge of or has given permission to be absent from

school or class, the following rules will apply:

• Personal contact and/or written notice to parent

• Forty-five minutes of detention per period of absence

In addition, once a student has accumulated eight unexcused absences in a class in a single term or

fifteen days of unexcused absences during the school year, an administrator will request a meeting with

the student, teacher, and parents to create an attendance contract which will outline what must be done

to maintain credit in the class.

If the absences continue and the student has missed in excess of eight days of unexcused absence in the

same term or fifteen days of unexcused absence during the school year, an administrator will inform the

parent/guardian in writing that due to the lack of improvement in the attendance of their child, the

school will be referring the student and the parent/guardian to the District Truant Officer and/or

Superintendent for a hearing.

A student with nine or more truancies or unexcused absences in a given course will likely be denied

credit for that particular course. The student will be placed in a study hall at that time.

The school administration will make the final determination whether an absence is considered excused

or unexcused.

*Students of compulsory attendance age (starting the school year 15 years of age or under) will not be

dropped from school for the remainder of the semester. Instead, students and their parents will be

subject to truancy mediation and/or prosecution through the county attorney.

According to Section 299.1 of the Iowa Code, the parent, guardian, or legal custodian is accountable for

the child’s attendance at school. In accordance with 299.8 of the Iowa Code, any child who fails to attend

school as required by the school board’s policy or who fails to attend competent private instruction

under chapter 299A, without reasonable excuse for the absence, shall be deemed truant. According to

Iowa Code 299.5A, parents, guardians or actual custodians who attempt to excuse their children for

illegal reasons or refuses to accept the school’s attempt to assure the child’s attendance will be referred

to the county attorney for mediation or prosecution. When dealing with attendance issues, the principal

will exercise primary judgment concerning the reasonableness of absences and will make the final

determination whether an absence is considered school excused or school unexcused. The principal may

require documentation for absences deemed unreasonable.

TARDIES

Students are expected to arrive at class on time, which means being in the classroom when the bell

rings. The first two tardies to a class will result in teacher intervention including warnings to the student

and notification to parents via PowerSchool attendance reporting.

Students that arrive to a class 10 minutes or more after class has begun will be counted absent and

unexcused (unless the tardy is excused by the office) and will serve 45 minutes of detention. Quizzes,

tests, and assignments done during the time the student is absent and unexcused will receive no credit.

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Tardy Consequences

1st Tardy: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will notify the student verbally.

2nd Tardy: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will notify the student verbally.

3rd Tardy: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will be reported to the office on an

office referral form, the student will receive forty five minutes of detention and parents will be

notified.

4th and Subsequent: The teacher will record on PowerSchool and will be reported to the office

on an office referral form, the student will receive forty five minutes of detention and tardy will

count as an unexcused absence. Parents will be notified.

GRADES

Parents are encouraged to actively monitor their student’s progress in courses using PowerSchool.

Printed grades are sent home periodically throughout the school year. At Back to School Night, parents

who access PowerSchool may decline to have printed grades sent home by signing a paper indicating

they do not need paper grades.

The grades at the end of a term (for a term class) and at the end of a semester (for a semester or yearlong

class) reflect final semester grades in those courses. These grades become part of each student’s

permanent record.

GRADING POINT SCALE

A+ = 4.33 A.P. Course are graded on a 5.00 Scale

A = 4. 00 A- = 3.67 B+ = 3.33 B = 3.00 B- = 2.67 C+ =2.33

C = 2.00 C- = 1.67 D+ =1.33 D = 1.00 D- = 0.67 F = 0.00

ACADEMIC LETTER

Student must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher for two consecutive semesters to earn an academic letter.

Academic letters are presented at the Awards Assembly.

DROPPING/ADDING ACADEMIC CLASS

Dropping or adding an academic class must be done within two days of the start of the new term. Also,

students may only have one study hall per term.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to graduate from Anamosa High School, students must earn a minimum of 56 credits. Of these

credits, students must earn six credits of math, eight credits of English, six credits of science, six credits

of social studies, four credits of P.E., one credit of Human Growth & Development, one credit of

Computer Applications, and one credit of Portfolio. Students must also attend CPR training. A student

may earn a maximum of five credits in the Kirkwood High School completion program and/or an

approved correspondence program while enrolled in the Anamosa Community Schools.

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FINALS

All teachers at AHS are required to give finals. Finals for block classes will be given at the end of a term

and the end of the semester. Finals for skinny classes will be given at the end of the semester and the

end of the year.

Students will be given the option to opt out of finals. On a class by class basis, you may opt out of a

semester test if

• you have an A in that class and have 4 or fewer excused class periods

• you have a B in that class and have 3 or fewer excused class periods

• you have a C in that class and have 2 or fewer excused class periods.

School related events and funerals will not count toward excused class periods for opting out of finals.

Students with a D or F in a class, regardless of attendance, may not opt out of that test. Students with

two detentions or any ISS or OSS will be required to take all finals.

Even though students can opt out of a final, they may still choose to take that final. If a student can opt

out, but chooses to take the test, that test will only count toward their grade if it improves their grade in

the class.

EARLY GRADUATION

A student may graduate prior to the completion of grade twelve if the course work required for

graduation under Board policy "Graduation Requirements" has been fulfilled by the student. A junior

student wishing to graduate early shall complete an Application for Early Graduation by the end of the

first semester of the year they wish to graduate. A senior student must complete the Application by the

end of the first quarter of their graduating year. If a student misses the application deadline for early

graduation because of extenuating circumstances, they may apply for special consideration to the

Superintendent. The student must have the approval of the Board and a recommendation by the

Superintendent and the Principal.

GRADUATION

Students who are in good standing and who meet the graduation requirements set by the Board are

allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and in senior activities. It is possible that students

who are under disciplinary action at the time of the graduation ceremony or other senior activities will

not be allowed to participate. Students are not required to participate in the graduation ceremony.

However, students wishing to participate in the graduation ceremony must participate in graduation

rehearsal. Students not dressing appropriately for Comencement will not be allowed to participate (no

jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, or flip-flops).

COLLEGE CLASSES

Students enrolled in Kirkwood Academy Courses at Jones Regional Education Center (JREC) must be in

good standing with Portfolio and must attend those classes according to the Kirkwood calendar, which

sometimes means attending class when Anamosa High School is not in session. Student attendance will

be taken at JREC and reported to AHS. Attendance expectations and consequences of Anamosa High

School also apply for students attending courses at JREC. Failure to meet these obligations can lead to

being dropped from the course or impact student grades. Students and parents should remember

courses taken at JREC are dual-credit and create a college transcript as well. Low course grades in a

dual credit class could lead to probationary status or limited or no financial aid. Anamosa Schools will

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provide transportation to and from academy courses. Students are required to utilize the school

transportation.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

The basic expectation is that students will conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully at all times.

This conduct is expected while on school premises, while on school owned and/or operated school or

chartered buses; and while attending or engaging in school activities on or off school property. Behavioral

expectations that define what respect and responsibility look like for all areas of the school will be

taught to students, who are expected to meet the expectations.

Students who violate the expectations with inappropriate behavior shall be subject to discipline.

Inappropriate behavior includes behavior that is disrespectful to others or that disrupts the educational

program, the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity, the rights of other students

to participate in the educational process or activity, or the educational atmosphere. Disciplinary

measures may include, but are not limited to, reprimand and corrective instruction by a teacher, and

administrative interventions that include notification of parents, behavior contracts, behavior

improvement plans, detention, temporary or permanent removal from class, suspension, and expulsion.

GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS: BE RESPECTFUL; BE RESPONSIBLE!

Conduct Expectations for Common Areas

CLASSROOM

Students will...

Be quiet and give full attention when others have the floor.

Use all property as it is intended to be used.

Be positive and respectful in interactions with others.

Maintain an upright posture conducive to learning.

Be on time.

Bring needed materials.

Complete all assignments (including make-up work) on time.

Remain engaged the entire period.

Practice academic integrity.

STUDY HALL

Students will...

Bring materials and be actively engaged in academic work or reading for the entire period.

Get permission to leave study hall. Get a prior pass to go to the counselors’ office and

designated teachers.

Remain in assigned seat unless teacher gives permission to study with another student.

LIBRARY

Students will...

Collaborate quietly on academic projects, remembering that the librarian has the right to

ask students abusing this privilege to leave the library.

Return materials to the appropriate places.

OFFICE

Students who are sent to the office will...

Come immediately via the shortest route.

Be respectful and considerate of self, others, and property.

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Remain quiet.

Ask permission to leave office.

Students who are visiting the office for assistance will...

Wait quietly and patiently for help.

Be respectful and considerate of self, others, and property.

ASSEMBLIES

Students will...

Walk and enter quietly with no bags or books.

Take seat immediately.

Respect others’ space, keeping hands and feet to self.

Participate respectfully and actively.

Be considerate, quiet, and attentive.

Show appreciation with applause.

Remain seated until dismissed.

CAFETERIA

Students will...

Be respectful to cooks, faculty, staff and other students.

Be respectful by never throwing food or other items.

Wait in line patiently.

Speak in conversational voices.

Use good table manners.

Clean up table area before leaving.

Properly dispose of garbage and return trays, silverware, and dishes.

HALLWAYS AND ALL OTHER BUILDING AREAS

Students will...

Follow directions of school personnel with immediate cooperation.

Walk on the right side of the hallway and keep traffic moving.

Use conversational voices with appropriate, respectful language.

Be respectful and considerate of self, others and property.

Carry an agenda to destinations where a signature is needed to show arrival and departure time.

Leave classrooms only with permission and return to class as promptly as possible.

Consume food and drink in cafeteria only.

Hats are to be left in lockers, and hoods are not to be worn on the head.

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT POLICY

The school district is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in

which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the

school district has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate

bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and

harassment when they occur. Bullying and harassment of students by other students, school officials,

faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school

district. The school district prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization based on

real or perceived age, gender, race, gender identity, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status,

disability, sexual orientation, physical appearance, physical or mental ability, ancestry, political party

preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, familial status, and/or personality characteristics.

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This policy is in effect while students are on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while

on school-owned and/or school-operated vehicles; and while attending or engaged in school sponsored

activities. Harassing and bullying behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to

maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed. If after an

investigation a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by

measures up to and including suspension and expulsion.

Harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation,

real or perceived age, gender, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability, ancestry,

political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, familial status or disability means conduct

of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to unreasonably embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or

trouble students. Examples of such harassment may include, but not limited to: jokes, stares, pictures, or

objects that are intended to cause a student fear, anxiety, shame, or embarrassment. Such behaviors

become harassment when they are unwelcome, pervasive, severe, and interfere with activity and/or

academic performance and when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably creating an

intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment.

Harassment as set forth above may include, but is not limited to the following:

• Verbal, non-verbal, electronic, physical, or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other

victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the

victim;

• Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury,

discomfort, fear, or suffering of the victim;

• Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, property, etc., that have the

purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;

• Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose or effect of

causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or

physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

• Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition or a

student’s education or of a student’s participation in school programs or activities;

• Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions

affecting the student; or

• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance

or creating an intimidating or hostile learning environment.

Sexual harassment as set out above, may include, but is not limited to the following:

• Verbal, electronic, or written harassment or abuse;

• Pressure for sexual activity;

• Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications;

• Unwelcome touching;

• Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats

concerning one’s grades, achievement, etc.

The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment. The administration will

be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging harassment. Retaliation against a student,

because the student has filed a harassment complaint (RP403.8) or assisted or participated in a

harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. A student, who is found to have retaliated

against another in violation of this policy, will be subject to discipline up and including suspension and

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expulsion. The superintendent has the right to discipline students who knowingly file false harassment

complaints.

It will also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals,

to develop procedures regarding this policy. The superintendent will also be responsible for organizing

training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with

students. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is

harassed. It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies. The superintendent will

also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment

in the school district. The superintendent shall report to the board on the progress of reducing bullying

and harassment in the school district.

Students who feel they have been harassed should:

· If the student is comfortable doing so, the student should communicate to the

harasser that the student expects the behavior to stop. If the student wants

assistance communicating with the harasser, the student should ask an adult staff

member or principal to help.

· If the harassment does not stop or the student does not feel comfortable

confronting the harasser, the student should tell a teacher, counselor, or principal;

and write down exactly what happened, keep a copy, and give another copy to the

teacher, counselor, or principal including :

1. what, when, and where it happened;

2. who was involved;

3. exactly what was said or what the harasser did;

4. witnesses to the harassment;

5. what the student said or did, either at the time or later;

6. how the student felt; and

7. how the harasser responded.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

A student who believes that he/she has been harassed will notify the designated investigator or the

alternate investigator. The investigator may request that the student complete the Harassment

Complaint form and turn over evidence of the harassment, including, but not limited to letters, tapes, or

pictures. Information received during the investigation is kept confidential to the extent possible.

The investigator, with the approval of the principal, or the principal has the authority to initiate a

harassment investigation in the absence of a written complaint.

INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE

The investigator will reasonably and promptly commence the investigation upon receipt of the

complaint. The investigator will interview the complainant and the alleged harasser. The alleged harasser

may file a written statement refuting or explaining the behavior outlined in the complaint. The

investigator may also interview witnesses as deemed appropriate.

Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will make written findings and conclusions as to

each allegation of harassment and report the findings and conclusions to the principal. The investigator

will provide a copy of the findings of the investigation to the principal.

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RESOLUTION OF THE COMPLAINT

Following receipt of the investigator’s report, the principal may investigate further, if deemed necessary,

and make a determination of any appropriate additional steps which may include discipline, up to and

including, suspension and expulsion.

Prior to the determination of the appropriate remedial action, the principal may, at the principal’s

discretion, interview the complainant and the alleged harasser. The principal will file a written report

closing the case and documenting any disciplinary action taken or any other action taken in response to

the complaint. The complainant, the alleged harasser and the investigator will receive notice as to the

conclusion of the investigation.

POINTS TO REMEMBER IN THE INVESTIGATION

• Evidence uncovered in the investigation is confidential.

• Complaints must be taken seriously and investigated.

• No retaliation will be taken against individuals involved in the investigation process.

• Retaliators will be disciplined up to and including suspension and expulsion.

CONFLICTS

If the investigator is a witness to the incident, the alternate investigator shall investigate.

Bullying/Harassment Consequences

1st Offense: Warning and/or up to 1 day out-of-school suspension.

2nd Offense: 1-3 day out-of-school suspension, meeting held with student, parents, and principal.

3rd Offense: 4-10 day out-of-school suspension, student may be referred to the superintendent

and the school board for possible expulsion.

COMPUTER RULES

Use of the Internet must be appropriate. Any inappropriate use of the Internet will lead to loss of

computer privileges while at school. Any attempt to disrupt the district computer network will lead to

suspension from school.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES/CELL PHONES

Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s

society; however, these devices have the potential to disrupt the learning environment. For this reason,

any electronic device that disrupts the learning environment will be confiscated. To avoid disrupting the

learning environment, students should have their devices off and away during class, with the exception of

when they are asked to use it for an educational reason by an instructor. Electronic devices include, but

are not limited to, cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, etc. Acceptable times to use these devices are before

and after school, during passing time, and during lunch. It is not acceptable to receive, check, or make

calls or texts during class, use phones in the restrooms or locker rooms.

First violation: teacher confiscation without argument, item returned to student by teacher later in the

day.

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Second violation: teacher confiscation without argument, item returned to student at the end of the day

after principal conference.

Third violation: teacher confiscation without argument, item returned to student at the end of the day

after principal conference and 30 minutes detention.

Fourth violation and any subsequent: teacher confiscation without argument, item must be picked up by

parent after principal conference and half day of in-school suspension.

Use of phones or cameras in restrooms or locker rooms will result in suspension.

Headphones and MP3 players may be used in study hall, during passing times, and at lunch as long as they

are not distracting to other students, adults, or the educational environment. There will be no sharing of

headphones. Immediately after entering a classroom, students are to put them out of sight and turn off

all music. Teachers have the authority to allow and/or confiscate them if they are out.

Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of electronic devices brought to

school. The school shall not assume responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or unauthorized calls made with

an electronic device. If devices are loaned to or borrowed and misused by non-owners, device owners

are jointly responsible for the misuse or policy violation(s).

DETENTIONS

An administrator may assign students to detention after a student receives an office referral for

inappropriate behavior that a student has been unable to change through teacher interventions.

Office referrals will be written for three kinds of behavior problems: 1) chronic or escalating behaviors in

the classroom that teacher interventions, including notification of parents, have not been able to stop; 2)

inappropriate behaviors in common areas such as the hallways or cafeteria when teacher interventions

are not possible or are unsuccessful; 3) serious misbehaviors that warrant immediate removal from the

classroom, such as blatant insubordination, serious disrespect, or actions dangerous to self or others.

Detentions will be served after school from 3:19 to 4:00 unless school is getting out earlier than 3:16.

When a detention is assigned, a student must serve it by the second school day following the

assignment. Students that are late to detention (arriving after 3:19) will not get credit for serving;

students that do not follow the rules will be asked to leave and will not get credit for serving. Talking,

sleeping, listening to music, and putting one’s head down are prohibited. Students may be asked to

complete assignments such as reading and short essays, designed to help them understand and change

the behaviors that are impeding their learning or that of others. Students without such assignments will

be expected to sit quietly, read, or study.

Any detention received that is not served by the second school day will receive double detention time.

If a student does not serve the doubled detention, an in-school suspension will be given and the

detention time will still be made up. If a student continues to miss detention, the student will receive a

one day out-of-school suspension and will still make up the detention time missed.

Work, extracurricular activities, and sports practices will NEVER be accepted as excuses for failure to

serve.

DISMISSAL FROM CLASS

The following procedure will be used whenever a teacher finds it necessary to send a student to the

principal’s office from their class for disciplinary reasons.

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First Offense: the student will be sent to the principal’s office for the remainder of the period and

parents will be notified of the consequences (see Part A under Disruptive and Inappropriate Behavior).

Second Offense: the student will be sent to the principal’s office for the remainder of the period and

parents may be asked to attend a conference with the principal, the teacher and the student. (See

Disruptive and Inappropriate Behavior).

Third Offense: a third dismissal may result in loss of class credit and the student being assigned to a study

hall during the time the class would normally meet. (See Disruptive and Inappropriate Behavior).

NOTE: Failure to report to the principal’s office after being sent out of class will result in the

student serving a one day out-of-school suspension for each offense.

DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Relationships are an important part of one’s high school years. It is also important for one to learn

proper restraint in the display of those affections. While at school, it will be unacceptable for students to

fondle, caress, or kiss each other. Couples refusing to cooperate by conducting themselves in a nonapproved

manner will be subject to a parental conference held with the principal and/or other

disciplinary measures. See Disruptive or Inappropriate Behavior: Discipline Measures.

DISRESPECT TO STAFF MEMBERS

Any act which demeans the position of a staff member (employee of the school district or area

education association), the use of profanity or a threat toward a staff member or the refusal to carry out

instructions of a staff member while in the building or on the school grounds, including failure to go to

the principal’s office when asked, is considered to be disrespectful.

First Offense: The student will serve an out of school suspension of 1-3 days and a conference

may be held with the principal and the parents or guardian and the student.

Second Offense: The student will serve an out of school suspension of 3-6 days. A final review of

policy with student and parent/or guardian will take place.

Third Offense: The student will serve an out-of-school suspension of 6-10 days.

Fourth Offense: Permanent removal from course or courses as may be appropriate and may be

recommended for expulsion by the Board.

DISRUPTIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE/INSUBORDINATION BEHAVIOR

Disruptive or inappropriate/insubordinate behavior can take place in the classroom or on school

grounds and is defined as any action that interferes with the educational process of the student or

students.

First offense:

• 45 minutes of detention time

• Conference with the principal

• In order to reenter class the student must see the teacher during the teacher’s open period,

after, or before school and agree to the behavior the teacher has established as appropriate.

Second offense:

90 minutes of detention and a conference with the teacher, student, and principal. The problem

will be identified and all parties will agree on a remedy. A plan may be drawn up which will

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outline minimum behavior guidelines. The student will not be allowed back into class (in-school

suspension during the class period) until they agree to the plan.

Third offense:

Dropped from the class with no credit

DRESS CODE/STUDENT APPEARANCE

Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the

requirements of a good learning environment. The standards will be those generally acceptable to the

community as appropriate in a school setting.

Students are expected to be clean and well-groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate

for the time, place, and occasion. Clothing that is too revealing or suggestive (i.e. halter tops, bare

midriffs, underwear exposed, spaghetti straps, tube tops) is not be worn at school. Clothing or other

apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity,

or reference to prohibited conduct are not allowed. While the primary responsibility for appearance lies

with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the educational program will not be

allowed. When, in the judgment of the school staff, a student’s appearance or mode of dress disrupts the

educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make

modifications. Any time missed to return home for a change of clothes will be considered unexcused.

All coats and back-packs should remain in your lockers and not be in the classrooms. Hats, bandanas,

and headbands are not to be worn in the building during regular school hours. Wearing costumes will

only be allowed during approved events.

FIGHTING AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

Any time a student is determined to be a danger to himself/herself or others during the regular school

day or at school sponsored events will result in the following consequences:

Toward a staff member: Out-of-school suspension and recommendation to the superintendent and

board for expulsion.

Toward other students:

1st Offense: The student will be suspended for 3-5 days. A parental conference may be necessary

for re-admittance.

2nd Offense: The student will be suspended for 5-7 days. A parental conference will be

necessary for re-admittance.

3rd Offense: Student will be suspended indefinitely pending an expulsion hearing with the Board

of Education.

CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM

Our responsibility in education is to foster responsible learning and work practices. In line with this

concept, cheating and plagiarism will not be accepted. While studying and learning together is a proven,

effective method of learning, copying promotes irresponsibility and dishonesty. In college these practices

are dealt with by course removal with a failing grade or by expulsion. In the work world the result could

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e dismissal from employment. We must deal with infractions with similar severity. We do not propose

a one penalty for all situations. Penalties may range from redoing the work to failing marks for the

course. This decision will be made by the classroom teacher after possible consultation with the

principal.

Cheating – to practice fraud or trickery, to violate rules dishonestly. Ex: copying off someone’s

test.

Plagiarism – to steal or pass off the ideas or words of another as your own, without crediting the

source. Ex: cutting and pasting a term paper off the internet.

The following list comes from the University of Iowa’s student handbook:

You are plagiarizing or cheating if you:

a) Present the ideas of others as your own without giving credit to the source

b) Use direct quotations without quotation marks and without giving credit to the

source

c) Paraphrase without crediting source

d) Participate in a group project that presents plagiarized materials

e) Fail to provide adequate citations from materials obtained through electronic research

f) Download and submit work from electronic databases without citation

g) Submit materials written by someone else as your own. This includes purchasing a

term or research paper.

h) Allow someone to copy or submit one's own work as his or her own

i) Copy someone else's exam, graded homework, or laboratory work

j) Submit the same paper in more than one course without the knowledge and approval

of the instructors

k) Using notes or other materials during a test or exam without authorization

l) Not following the guidelines specified by the instructor for a "take-home" test or

exam or accepts credit for a group project without doing one's share

PROFANITY/INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE

The use of profanity (spoken, written, or gesture in the school building or on school grounds) or

offensive language is not an acceptable standard of the Anamosa School District. Unacceptable language

as defined here will also include religious, sexual, and racial slurs. Students reported in violation of this

standard will be referred to the disciplinary consequences explained in DISRUPTIVE OR

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR.

STUDENT PARKING/CARS AT SCHOOL

Cars and motorcycles are to be parked in the designated student lots of the high school and are not to

be moved until dismissal time unless special permission is obtained from the office. Students

transporting students other than immediate family is not recommended. The school is not responsible if

this is done. Students are encouraged to lock their car while they are in school. The school is not

responsible for any items stolen from cars. The principal may restrict or deny driving privileges. Once

cars are on the school premises, they are to stay there until the student’s school day is over. Students

should not be around the cars during the day.

Students are only to park in designated painted parking spaces. Parking where there is no painted space

creates problems for buses and snow removal.

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Any student who violates the parking lot rules may be issued a school fine of $5, payable in the office.

Habitual violators may have their vehicle towed at the owners expense.

The privilege of driving to school may be withdrawn by the principal if a student fails to comply with

state law or rules and regulations established by the administration.

SALE/USE/POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL/DRUGS/PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

The unlawful use, possession, or distribution by a student of alcohol or controlled substances

(including tobacco products and simulated or counterfeit substances, and prescription drugs

without a prescription, including steroids, and all apparatus used for the administration of

controlled substances) is prohibited. Such actions are detrimental to the health and welfare of the

student body and to the welfare and safety of the community. Such use, possession, or distribution

will not be tolerated on school grounds, at school events, or in any situation in which the school is

responsible for the conduct and well-being of young people.

1st Offense: The student will be suspended for 7-10 days and will be referred to local law

enforcement. A parental conference will be necessary for re-admittance.

2nd Offense: In addition to referral to law enforcement, the student will be suspended

indefinitely and a recommendation will be made to the board for expulsion.

Distribution of a controlled substance is considered a detriment to the health and welfare of the

student body and community. Therefore, students determined to be distributing a controlled

substance on school grounds shall be referred to law enforcement, suspended indefinitely and

recommended to the Superintendent for expulsion.

TOBACCO

It is the intention of the Anamosa Community School District to provide a healthy learning and working

environment for students, employees, and visitors. With this in mind, no student, employee, or visitor

may display or use any tobacco product on any school building or property. School property includes

any parking lot, sidewalk, athletic complex, bleachers, or other area that is owned and/or maintained by

the Anamosa Community School District.

Use or possession of tobacco will result in the following:

! 1st Offense: The student will be suspended for 4 days and will be referred to local law

enforcement. A parental conference will be necessary for re-admittance.

2nd Offense: The student will be suspended for 6 days and will be referred to local law

enforcement. A parental conference will be necessary for re-admittance.

3rd Offense: The student will be suspended for 10 days and will be referred to local law

enforcement. A recommendation may be made to the board for expulsion.

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WEAPONS IN SCHOOL

A student found to be in possession of weapons on school grounds or at school-related activities will be

expelled for one year. (Iowa Code 280.21B)

Weapons may include: dangerous weapons, or any instrument used as a weapon in the schools, including

any object used to intimidate, coerce, scare, or threaten a student, school district employee or visitor.

Dangerous weapons therefore include, but are not limited to clubs, nunchakus, brass knuckles, knives,

butterfly knives, stun guns, BB guns, toy guns used or displayed as a real gun and unloaded guns.

Pocket knives are defined as having blades shorter than three inches and are not welcome at school. Any

student in possession of a pocket knife on school grounds will be suspended for a minimum of three

days. Repeated offenses will lead to longer periods of suspension and/or expulsion.

VANDALISM

Vandalism is the accidental or malicious destruction of someone’s personal property or school property

by any means. Any vandalism reported to a law enforcement agency will be dealt with by the court

system. Vandalism not reported to a law enforcement agency will be handled using the terms specified

below.

First Offense: Warning of possible criminal charges, detention time, and full restitution for

damages incurred. A parental conference will be necessary.

Second Offense: 2 Days of In School Suspension. Admission to classes after restitution has been

made and accepted. A conference will be held with the principal, student, and parent/or guardian

to discuss the terms of reinstatement.

Third Offense: A recommendation will be made to the Board for expulsion.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION RULES

Students receiving in-school suspension will observe the following rules:

Report to the ICN room at the beginning of the school day

Remain quiet and do not disrupt anyone else serving in-school

Turn in all electronic devices including cell phones and mp3 players

Do not listen to music, sleep, or violate the school’s computer rules

Any student violating the above rules will be sent home for one day of out-of-school suspension and will

not receive credit for any in-school suspension time served. The student will be allowed to come back

to school after a conference with parents and principal. Upon returning to school the student will make

up the in-school suspension time.

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CONSEQUENCE MATRIX

The following consequence matrix is provided as a reference for students and parents. It does not

reflect all of the possible handbook violations. Any violation deemed severe by school administration

could result in in-school or out-of-school suspension or recommendation to the board of education for

expulsion.

VIOLATION

1ST

OFFENSE

2ND

OFFENSE

3RD

OFFENSE

4TH

OFFENSE

Bullying/

Harrassment

Warning, up to 1

day OSS

1-3 day OSS,

parent conference

4-10 day OSS,

may be

recommended for

expulsion

Indefinite OSS,

recommended for

expulsion

Computer/

Acceptable Use

Policy

Loss of Internet

for 5 school days

Loss of Internet

for 10 school days

Loss of computer

take-home

privileges for

remainder of

quarter

Loss of computer

take-home

privileges for

remainder of

semester

Electronic

Devices/Cell

Phones

Device

confiscation,

warning

Device to office,

warning by

principal

Device to office,

parent pick up, 30

minute detention

Device to office,

parent pick up,

1/2 day ISS

Phones/Cameras

in restroom/

locker room

Device to office,

parent pick up, 1

day OSS

Device to office,

parent pick up,

3-5 day OSS

Device to office,

parent pick up,

5-10 day OSS

Device to office,

parent pick up,

indefinite ISS,

recommendation

for expulsion

Dismissal from

class

45 minute

detention,

student/teacher

meeting

90 minutes of

detention,

teacher/student

conference,

behavior plan

Dropped from

class without

credit

N/A

Display of

affection

45 minute

detention,

student/teacher

meeting

1 day ISS, parent

conference

3 days ISS 5 days ISS

Dress code

Warning, required

to change clothes

45 minute

detention,

required to

change clothes

1 day ISS,

required to change

clothes

3 days OSS

required to

change clothes

Disrespect of

staff

1-3 days OSS,

parent conference

before return

3-6 days OSS,

parent conference

and behavior plan

before return

6-10 day OSS,

dropped from

class without

credit

10 days OSS,

recommendation

to the board for

expulsion

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VIOLATION

1ST

OFFENSE

2ND

OFFENSE

3RD

OFFENSE

4TH

OFFENSE

Disruption/

Insubordination

45 minute

detention,

student/teacher

meeting

90 minutes of

detention,

teacher/student

conference,

behavior plan

Dropped from

class without

credit

N/A

Fighting/physical

violence toward

staff

Indefinite OSS,

recommendation

to board for

expulsion

N/A N/A N/A

Fighting/physical

violence toward

students

3-5 days OSS,

possible parent

conference

5-7 day OSS,

parental

conference before

return

Indefinite OSS,

recommendation

to board for

expulsion

N/A

Failure to report

to office upon

dismissal from

class

1 day OSS 1 day OSS 1 day OSS 1 day OSS

Profanity/

Inappropriate

Language

45 minute

detention,

student/teacher

meeting

90 minutes of

detention,

teacher/student

conference,

behavior plan

Dropped from

class without

credit

N/A

Sale/Use/

Possession of

Alcohol/Drugs/

Prescription

Medication

7-10 day OSS,

referral to law

enforcement

Indefinite OSS,

recommendation

to board for

expulsion, referral

to law

enforcement

N/A

N/A

Student Parking/

Cars

$5 fine $5 fine $5 fine, vehicle

towed

$5 fine, vehicle

towed, loss of

driving privileges

Tobacco 4 day OSS 6 day OSS 10 day OSS,

recommendation

to board for

expulsion

Weapons

One year

expulsion

N/A N/A N/A

Vandalism

Warning of

criminal charges,

45 minute

detention, full

restitution

2 days ISS, full

restitution,

parental

conference

Indefinite OSS,

recommendation

to board for

expulsion

N/A

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RULES GOVERNING SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

Events must be approved in advance by the principal. Permission for use of the building for schoolrelated

and non-school related activities must be obtained three days in advance. Students who leave a

school-sponsored function may not return. Middle school students may not attend high school dances;

dates must be under 21 years of age (with the exception of immediate family members).

Homecoming

The Homecoming Dance is open to all students in grades 9-12. In order to participate in the dance,

students must have any behavior consequences made up (no outstanding suspensions or detentions) and

must be in attendance the full school day on the day of or, if the dance is not on a school day, the day

prior to the dance. Their dates must be signed up ahead of time in the office if they are not students of

Anamosa. Dates from outside school districts must be in good standing with their home district and

obtain a signature from their school administrator. Forms for dates may be picked up in the high school

office up to two weeks in advance of the dance and must be returned three days prior to the dance.

Junior-Senior Prom

The Jr.-Sr. prom will be open only to juniors and seniors. In order to participate in the dance, students

must have any behavior consequences made up (no outstanding suspensions or detentions) and must be

in attendance the full school day on the day of or, if the dance is not on a school day, the day prior to the

dance. Their dates must be signed up ahead of time in the office if they are not students of Anamosa or

are underclassmen. Dates from outside school districts must be in good standing with their home

district and obtain a signature from their school administrator. Forms for dates may be picked up in the

high school office up to two weeks in advance of the dance and must be returned three days prior to the

dance.

SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS

BY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

Employees who commit acts of intentional physical or sexual abuse, including

inappropriate sexual behavior toward students, shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to

and including termination.

Complaints to the District regarding abuse of students by school employees shall be investigated

promptly and in a manner to assure as much confidentiality as possible. Employees shall be

required to assist in the investigation as requested and shall maintain confidentiality of the

reporting and investigating process.

Level One and Level Two Investigators shall be appointed annually by the Board to investigate

child abuse complaints regarding employees. An Alternate Level One Investigator shall also be

appointed. The Level One Investigator is the High school principal with the alternate being

designated as the manager of health services. The Level Two Investigator is the Chief of Police

at the Anamosa Police Station. Appropriate training shall be provided to Level One

Investigators and Alternates.

RESOURCES FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline 1-800-284-7821

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline 1-800-362-2178

Harassment Free Hallways: How to Stop Sexual Harassment in Schools

http://www.aauw.org/ef/harass/index.cfm

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STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Board of Directors of the Anamosa School District offers a variety of voluntary activities designed

to enhance the classroom education of its students. Students who participate in extra-curricular

activities serve as ambassadors of the school throughout the calendar year. Students who wish to

exercise the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities must conduct themselves in

accordance with board policy. Participation in these activities is a privilege, conditioned upon meeting

the eligibility criteria established by the board, administration, and individual activity coaches and

sponsors. The principal/activities director shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Rule.

The following activities are covered by the board’s policy and these rules:

Athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, National

Honor Society, all co-curricular clubs (e.g., Spanish Club), all honorary and elected offices (e.g.,

Homecoming King/Queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), state

contests and performances for cheerleading, Math Club, mock trial, or any other activity where the

student represents the school outside the classroom.

Academic Eligibility

A student must receive credit in at least 4 subjects at all times and make adequate progress toward

graduation to be eligible for extracurricular activities. A student with an incomplete (I), unsatisfactory

(U), or a failing grade (F) (a grade which goes on a transcript) shall be considered “ineligible” for the first

period of 20 consecutive school days in the activity (event) in which the student is a bona fide

contestant. If this event occurs in the last grading period of the school year and the student is a

contestant in baseball or softball, the student is ineligible for next four weeks of that sport but has

eligibility in the fall. Midterm (progress grade) Fs, Is, or Us may be raised to maintain eligibility. Ability to

use summer school or other means to make up failing grades for eligibility purposes is not permitted.

At the end of any grading period, a participant receiving a failing grade in any course where credit is

awarded, the participant is ineligible to participate in any competitive event sanctioned by the Iowa High

School Music Association or Iowa High School Speech association sponsored event or any Iowa High

School Music Association event that is non graded for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days. The

period of ineligibility will begin with the first school day following the day grades are issued by the school

District.

A student with disability who’s individualized education program should not be denied eligibility on the

basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress as determined by school officials toward

the goals and objectives of the student’s individual education program.

Good Conduct Rule

(CODE #503.9)

Reference: Policy No.: RP 502.1A Under the Good Conduct Policy, any student who participates in

extra-curricular activities is prohibited from possessing, using, transporting, controlling, or transmitting

tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal drugs at any time (year round) during his/her high school career. No

student involved in the above activities shall be involved in any criminal activity that violates local, state,

or federal laws (excluding minor traffic violations). For the purposes of the Good Conduct Policy, eighth

graders who have graduated from middle school are considered high school students. If a student is in

violation of the Good Conduct Policy and is not currently involved in an activity or the length of the

suspension is greater than the length of the remaining season, the suspension will carry over to the

student’s future participation in the next activity that

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the student was involved in the previous year, which was completed in “good standing”.

Consequences for violating the Good Conduct Rule

First Offense: Suspended from at least 25% of the public

performances/contests for the remainder of the season with carryover to the next activity. Counseling

from school personnel required prior to reinstatement. If counseling is refused, student will be

suspended for 50% of the season. Student must continue to practice to remain in “good standing”.

Second Offense: Suspended from at least 50% of public performances with carryover to next activity.

Professional counseling required prior to reinstatement. Must continue to practice to remain in “good

standing”.

Third Offense: A minimum of one-year suspension from co-curricular activities. Professional counseling

and/or treatment required for all third offenses. Reinstatement rules will be enforced and upheld or

student will be permanently removed from co-curricular activities for the remainder of their high school

career.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Based on a strong foundation in federal law, Iowa Code, and by general counselor codes of ethics,

students are entitled to a confidential relationship with their counselor when discussing personal

problems. Section 622.10 of the Iowa Code says, in part

No qualified school guidance counselor....who obtains information by reason of his employment

as a qualified school guidance counselor shall be allowed, in giving testimony, to disclose any

confidential communications properly entrusted to him by a pupil or his parent or guardian…

Exceptions to maintaining confidentiality exist, where the counselor is aware of a serious danger to

health or well-being. For a more complete discussion on counseling and keeping your confidence, please

consult with the counselor.

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